View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 9/16

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: September 16, 2010 - 11:44 AM

I’ve had a few people ask me when the PrepsKC poll is going to be released. The quick answer is never.

When I think of polls I am often reminded about the old saying that compares opinions to a certain part of the human anatomy. There are a lot polls out there and while I’m not disparaging anyone’s attempt to give their opinion of who is the best team or teams in the Kansas City Metro, the idea of ranking teams of different classes on two sides of a state line is a flawed concept.

It’s easy to say Rockhurst is the No. 1 team in the city but with two one-point wins and two of the three wins coming in overtime, how close are the Hawklets to 0-3. Olathe North is rolling right along and hasn’t lost a game coming up on two calendar years, but the Eagles coaching staff would probably tell you the only way to settle any discussion is on the field.

Now those two teams play in the same class, what about deciding between teams in different classes. On both sides of the state line Class 5 or 5A are home to some pretty dominant teams. Gardner-Edgerton is 2-0 with both of those wins over 6A teams. Lee’s Summit West is 3-0 with an opening game win over Raymore-Peculiar, who by the way just beat Liberty.

It all becomes this sort of six degrees of separation relationship. Team A beat team B who beat team C so A is better than C. Except C pounded team A in week No. 1 and what about Team B who is 2-1 in the round robin.

Sound confusing, of course it is. Those discussions between schools who play in the top two classes on each side just bring up more and more arguments and that is who is better on that side of the state line. Throw in the fact that most of these teams will never play each other or even have comparable opponents it makes it even more maddening.

Alright, we’ve got that part of the discussion started let’s now take a look at the “smaller” schools in the Metro. Where would Kearney, DeSoto or Louisburg figure in to the whole thing. What about Oak Grove, Lawson, Concordia or Wellington-Napoleon. All are undefeated and their only crime is they play in the three smallest classes.

People might just say we here at PrepsKC are backing away from a poll because it is too hard. Quite the opposite, it’s actually very easy to throw 25 teams into a list and call it ranking because no matter whom you place where there isn’t a method to prove anyone wrong.

Wait actually there is. Unlike Division I college football, high school football in both Missouri and Kansas have a way to rank teams every year, it’s called the playoffs. If you ask me and probably every coach in the Metro that is the best way to rank teams and the only sure way to know that ranking is right. I think we will stick with those rankings.

Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach him send e-mail to